Nutcase Helmet Design Contest!

Nutcase Helmet Design Contest



Have you ever wanted to take a stab at designing your very own style of Nutcase Helmet? (Yeah, that is right, create and design a helmet on your own with the chance of it being produced in 2014!)

Now we’re counting on YOU to put your talents to the test and design the next great Nutcase Helmet. So express yourself. Push the envelope.  Show us what you got!

Create a striking design for a Helmet.  Your design must be submitted on the Blank Nutcase Helmet Template.  Be bold.  Be creative.


General Category – Open to Adults & Young Adults that are Age 13 and over

Childrens Category – Open to Children that are Age 12 and under.

Contestant Eligibility & Dates

Everyone is invited to participate in the contest and submit a unique design.  All Online Designs must be submitted by March 18th!  After March 18th, additional submissions will be accepted at the show on March 23 and 24th!

Design Eligibility

Contestants may submit up to Two (2) Designs using the Blank Nutcase Helmet Template below.

Design Ideas & Suggestions

Think BIG, BOLD, CARTOONY imagery and design as opposed to photo-realistic imagery.  Use up to 3 colors as opposed to the entire rainbow.   For inspiration, check out some of Nutcase Helmets best sellers – Click Here.

How Winners are Selected

Final selection of the top 3 designs in each category will be done at the PDX Bicycle Show on March 24, 2013!

A team of judges from Nutcase will determine which top designs make the initial cut.  From there, designs will be “shared” on our website and Facebook for “public voting”.


The following cash prizes will be awarded for each category:

Grand Prize – $300

Second Prize – $150

Third Prize – $50


Check out Pedal Nation for more info and to download the Blank Helmet Template.

Another Free Awesome Architecture Ride 3/23

Passing this along from the Shift List here in Portland, enjoy!

Biking About Architecture: Alberta Concordia

Sat 23 March 2013

Food Carts, 23rd & NE Alberta

Meet 1 PM/depart 1:30 sharp/2 h approx


Hello again!


Ready for more awesome architecture? Meet up Saturday 23 March at ~1 PM at the food carts at 23rd & NE Alberta and we’ll check out fabulous edifices in Alberta and Concordia: a tiny home, the Sabin Green cohousing, a hacienda infill, a platinum LEED and a hand-made modern, plus the world-famous Stump House (as seen in Dwell!)–PLUS alley2alley cruising!  This easy, slow, laid-back ride (~ 8 miles max) covers three loops: choose your distance & hill preference (or hang out at the food carts). More fun than educational; ends at the Mash Tun for beer and nosh (bring some cash).

See you there–



Some homes we’ll see:


We Moved! Photo Tour of the new Cycle Portland Shop

After five years in our old location Cycle Portland Bike Tours has re-located to a larger storefront space at 117 NW 2nd Ave. Portland Oregon 97209. Just two blocks away from our Everett St. location, the new shop has a larger bike service area, more rental bikes, a Visitors Center with map printing station and now OREGON MICROBREWS ON TAP! Thanks to all of our friends, community partners, and customers who have helped us grow over the years. Stop by the new space to say hello and see the new digs. Ride On!

BikeGuard – The Free Bike Registry

I just learned about BikeGuard Bike Registry, looks neat. Get a Free QR code sticker for your whip and if it turns up lost or stolen the sticker can be scanned to trace back to the owner. BikeGuard Free Bike Registry

Portland’s new “Street Seats” Pilot, we’re loving it.

Giving a big thumbs up on Portland’s new “Street Seats” Pilot program for reclaiming community space. On a recent ride through the wonderful Mississippi Neighborhood I came upon a convenient seating patio area outside of a local pizza shop. Not blocking the sidewalk, but rather designed to fit in to an adjacent parking space. Brilliant! New York- we are trying to catch up with you, Europe… , well at least we are trying. This photo is not the Mississippi location, but one of a few designs.

It’s Pedalpalooza Time!

Check out this Great coverage by OR Bike on Portland’s Best Festival!
Every city should be so lucky to have an festival like Pedalpalooza, when bikers come out in droves to revel in summertime cycling silliness. Over the course of 24 days, 251 mostly free events will jam-pack the calendar.

Food focused events abound, like the Austro-Hungarian Ride (9th), Food Cart Tour (17th) and reservations-required Epic Pizza Ride (27th)

Some rides are delightfully absurd like the Candlelight Can delight Vigil (12th) which honors now-closed drinking holes and offers an opportunity to share bar tales of woe. The Cute Warm and Fuzzy ride (11th) promises ice cream, cupcakes, slow riding, no hills and prizes. The Fake Mustache Ride (14th) simply yet hilariously celebrates the wearing of synthetic facial hair.

Hot tip: Pick up a printed version of the calendar, which will appear in the Portland Mercury on June 6. Pin it to your wall and circle all the events you want to attend. If you’re an over-worker, put the calendar above your desk at work of a constant reminder of the fun to be had and why it’s important to clock out on time (or early…).

Join us Tonight for our 5 year anniversary Art Culture Bike Ride

Join Portland Bicycle Tours on a Free Ride next First Thursday October 6th,
Celebrating the Opening Night of the Oregon Manifest Exhibit at the Museum of
Contemporary Craft, ARTCRANK Poster Show, and our Fifth Year of leading Bike
Tours and Community Rides in Portland!

Ride leaves from the Portland Bike Tours shop at 345 NW Everett St. at 6 pm.
Come see the 2011 Oregonized Bike Show before we leave – Artists come
together to celebrate and promote the rich history and culture of Portland.
Through a variety of media, local artists will explore the joy of cycling and
the explosion of design and culture it has inspired.
Our first stop will be Portland ARTCRANK at The Cleaners at the Ace for
Poster viewing and to support Bikes To Rwanda, a non-profit partner in the
Continuing on- our next visit will be the Museum of Contemporary Craft,
to see the top three winning bikes of the Oregon Manifest Constructors Design
Challenge, two honorable mention bikes, and the student winner will join the
three Design Firm/Bike Craftsmen Creative Collaborations on display. Museum
admission is free on First Thursdays but donations are always appreciated.
Next we will pedal our way to the Lizard Lounge First Thursday Street
Party where there will be music, refreshments on tap and a selection of Food
Carts to nourish you. This ride ends at the Lizard Lounge and is not a loop.
Ride with us and share your excitement and love of bike fun! Can’t make it to
the start? Join us along the way. Questions? Email us at
[email protected]